The Caravel goes Steampunk

Heat the boiler

I find it particularly exciting to take a model out of its typical genre and put it into a different genre by painting or converting it.
Here the hull of the "caravel", actually a typical "pirate ship", becomes a "steampunk gunboat".

Step-by-step instruction

Instructions from Thomas (Thommy) Doll

atom/icons/craft Difficult
atom/icons/time 120 min.

You need that

Craft knife
Acrylic paints
Putty knife
Wooden skewer
Delivery form
The hull of the caravel made of hard foam looks like this in the original.

There are, of course, many possibilities for designing this hull.
I have decided to show what you can do with the help of the numerous steampunk models in the range, if you change the purpose of some of them.
The bow gun
The first thing I do is build a large bow cannon out of the "brewing kettle".
The small attachment at the front of the kettle disappears by sanding it down or, as I did, by drilling a corresponding hole in the underside of the chimney.
This way the cannon tube holds even better when I glue it on later.
Then I put the cannon (still without the tube) in position and remove appropriate material from the bow of the hull, using the Dremel.
I can either fill in or sand away the stone structure at the base of the "cannon".
The port side
On the port side of the stern I want to put a big chimney machinery.
The models used are "unipolar generator", "plasma tank" and "phase converter".
To attach the "unipolar generator", I have to cut a piece out of the rear beam, which I mark with a pencil beforehand.
Then I smooth the surface with the Dremel and glue the "unipolar generator" in position.
To let off steam
Since the "phase converter" is to become the chimney, I drill a hole in the top of the model.
Then I glue the "phase converter" and the "plasma tank" together with their bases. I put the plasma tank upside down.
Now I create space for the chimney with the Dremel and glue the construct in position.
I fill the gaps between the hull and the chimney with putty.
The starboard side
On the starboard side of the stern I want to attach the model "switch module".
As on the port side, I mark the area of the beam to be removed and smooth the adhesive surface with the Dremel.
The drive
Behind the cannon I want to attach the model "turbine", which will serve as a transmission to drive the two paddle wheels.
I also mark the position here and smooth the gluing surface.
I use two "mill wheel" models as paddle wheels, which I shorten to the waterline.
The drive axle
I glue two pieces of round wood into the gaps between the ship's side and the "turbine" to represent the drive axle. I glue the two paddle wheels to the outside of the side walls, which I have smoothed beforehand.
More details
I use the Dremel to create recesses in the hull into which I then glue various "portholes".
On the middle deck I position the model "pressure vessel", whose stone structure on the base I smooth out as with the cannon.
The primer
Of course, you can "pimp" the ship even further, e.g. a railing with metal bars and chains would look good on the deck at the stern and one or two ladders, as well as crates and barrels, could be placed on deck.
But I want to leave it at that for this workshop and start painting.

So now I prime the whole model with dark brown paint.
The painting
The last step is to paint the model.
As always, I prefer dry brushing as a painting technique for the wooden elements. Here I paint from dark to light and the lighter the colour, the drier the brush should be.
The trick is to use a flat brush to get only the raised areas of the surface to be painted.
Painting the machines with their pipes, rivets and ornaments is admittedly a bit "fiddly".

Have fun tinkering and painting, your Thommy from the ZITERDES team wishes you.

Your crafted results

Thommy (then still at Thomarillion) at the craft workshop at the SPIEL in Essen

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